I was midway through my reporting and photography internship at a small newspaper in Jacksonville Beach, Fla., when the editor asked me to pitch in elsewhere that day.
“Have you ever used QuarkXPress?” She asked, referring to the pagination program. I said I hadn’t. “Don’t worry,” she said, “it’s easy. Go lay out page A5.”
And with that, I was a designer.
I didn’t know my career would follow that trajectory, but I’ve embraced it. After spending several years working in media in my hometown of Jacksonville, Fla., I moved to New England, where I edited stories and designed pages at The Boston Globe, a proud news organization that punched way above its weight. I was at The Globe during the high renaissance of Boston sports and helped tell the story of two World Series, two Super Bowls, two Stanley Cup Finals, and two NBA Finals. I also witnessed one of the city’s darkest periods, the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
After seven years in Boston, I made the leap over to the legendary Washington Post — and to digital design. I spent my first two years as a designer on the news desk, focusing primarily on Page One and projects for both print and the Web. In 2016, I bid adieu to print design, and moved to the Homepage Team. These days, I am an editor on the national and regional homepages, and work to elevate projects with customized presentations for the front page of The Post’s website.
When I’m not working, I can be found behind a camera, a pastime I’ve been enjoying for nearly 20 years. If I’m not there, you can find me in the kitchen, or on the couch with my nose in a book. I live in The District with my wife — a fellow editor — and a pair of mischievous kittens.